Post-Secondary Resources for Industry

Below is a partial list of programs offered by GTA post secondary institutions for industry. By participating in these programs, local businesses can find training programs, research and commercialization assistance and possibly future employees.  

Centennial College
Program Name and Description Contact Website

Applied Research and Innovation Centre

Specifically in the areas of:

  • Health and Related Sciences and Technologies
  • Education
  • Information and Communications Technologies

Dr. Deepak Gupta 

http://www.centennialcollege.c a/applied


Wearable Interactive and Mobile Technology Access Centre in Health

Purnima Tyagi, Director, WIMTACH

416-289-5000 x8290
Durham College 
Program Name and Description Contact Website

Office of Research Services and Innovation

Designed to support applied research projects and collaborations that facilitate commercialization, technology transfer and the adoption of new technologies. The college has been pursuing research partnerships with local small- and medium-sized business since its opening in 2009.

Vibha Tyagi, Project Manager, Industry Liaison

T: 905-721-2000 ext. 2867 

Career Development Office

Allows employers to hire students and graduates from over 140 programs

George Brown College 
Program Name and Description Contact Website

The Consulting Hub

The college offers a lab where students, with oversight from their professors, offer consulting services to local social entrepreneurs, enterprises and not-for-profit organizations to help them achieve their goals.

Co-op Office

Co-op students are available from the following programs: Marketing, Human Resources, Business Administration, Sport and Event Marketing, Strategic Relationship Marketing, Financial Services, Accounting. These programs are at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. Salary is at the discretion of the employer.

416-415-5000 Ext.2143
Humber College 
Program Name and Description Contact Website

Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning - Innovation Humber Program

The school provides research services for SME businesses to solve technical problems with new products and services through various colleges, schools, faculty expertise and student skills. This is part of the CONII initiative by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.

Jaqueline Nicol, Administrative Coordinator
416-675-6622 ext 4988


Provide Humber students and alumni with the environment and resources to cultivate innovative ideas into successful business ventures.

Cheryl Mitchell, MEd, MBA, Professor/ Program Coordinator

For General Inquiries:
416-675-6622 ext 79250
McMaster University 
Program Name and Description Contact Website

McMaster Industry Liaison Office

Work with industry in 3 main ways:

  • Business licences a McMaster technology/discovery
  • Business sponsors McMaster targeted research (which is often matched by gov't support)
  • Businesses engage McMaster facilities to perform specific services

Glen Crossley Assistant Director, Business Development
905-525-9140 ext. 20372
Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology 
Program Name and Description Contact Website


Offers local businesses and not-for-profit organizations the opportunity to work with teams of Mohawk faculty and students to find innovative solutions to real-world challenges.

Main line: 905-575-1212 
ext. 4083

For general inquiries:

For industry and community partners: andrea.johnson4

The Agency

The Agency solicits submissions from area not-for-profit organizations and start-ups in the fall and spring to allow our students to develop strategic marketing campaigns for the benefit of the organization. Currently, students from the Advertising and Marketing Communications Management, Business, Marketing, and Public Relations programs are involved in developing marketing communications campaigns for clients of The Agency.

The Agency can work with clients to develop a variety of campaigns including:

  • Public relations strategies
  • Market research and branding
  • Brand identity programs
  • Advertising strategies (in a variety of media including print, out-of-home, broadcast and social media)
Joe Duda Manager, The Agency  905-575-1212 ext. 4188 current-students/agency

Cooperative Education

Connects your business with students or graduates that are available for hire from Mohawk College.

Margaret Thomson Director of Co-op

905-575-2165 obcentre.html

Mohawk College Enterprise

Corporate training division of Mohawk College, they offer development and on-site delivery of customized training programs for organizations across Ontario. They are able to access the expertise, curriculum and resources of Mohawk College to help produce efficient training solutions.

Contact: 905-575-2534
Toll free - 1-877-269-1422, or

Tim Mohr, Business Development Officer

OCAD (Ontario Institute of Design)
Program Name and Description Contact Website

No specific industry-pairing program

Professors will work on research projects (some with industry), and receive funding from the government for the project. OCAD U has strong alliances with industry, especially in the fields of industrial design, new-media, cultural industries, emerging materials, mobile technology and research.

Candace Ferriss Senior Human Resources Advisor 
T: 416-977-6000, Ext. 2207

The Imagination Catalyst

OCAD University's entrepreneurship and commercialization hub. Providing advice, learning opportunities or help starting and growing a business.

Ryerson University  
Program Name and Description Contact Website

The Chang School of Continuing Education

Variety of courses are offered to individuals interested in advanced training in their professional field.


Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation

The office is involved in:

  • Knowledge Transfer and Commercialization- the OVPRI is committed to transferring research knowledge and technology to the marketplace
  • Industry-university research collaborations (based on industry investment)

Suraj Shah, Applied Research and Innovation Advisor

416-979-5000 ext. 6531
Seneca College 
Program Name and Description Contact Website

Faculty of Workforce Skills Development

Assists individuals with employment and training opportunities and support employers through various incentive services in the community:

  • Post job openings (for full time, summer, apprenticeship positions)
  • Pre-screen candidates

Zoe Zhu, Job Developer

905-417-1781 Ext.5827 

Corporate Education and Training

Expert training solutions to address all of a company's strategic and operational priorities. Seneca works in partnership with the company to identify the company's needs and develop targeted training programs.

Sejal Ahir, Assistant, Seneca Training Services

416-491-5050 Ext. 77290

Seneca Industry Innovation (SII)

Offers small and medium sized enterprises expertise in applied research, development, commercialization, consulting and customized training.

For general inquiries about Applied Research, including potential collaboration and partnership opportunities, please contact
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Program Name and Description Contact Website

Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies

This division of the college brings leadership development solutions to the business community:

  • Co-creates programs in partnership with clients
  • One of the largest art-based learning institutions in the world

Phone : 905-845-9430 (Oakville)

905-459-7533 (Brampton)

905-681-4611 (Hamilton)


Partnering With Sheridan

Under the leadership of Faculty representatives and technical experts, teams of Sheridan students from a variety of diverse academic programs address the business and technological challenges of small- and medium-sized enterprises. Through these innovation partnerships, Sheridan provides the talent, equipment and access to facilities that small and medium-sized organizations often struggle to access in order to solve a key problem.

Dianna Dinevski Industrial Liaison Manager Office of Applied Research and Innovation


P: 905-845-9430 x 2593

https://www.sheridancollege.c a/research/partnering.aspx

Co-op Program

There are several co-op programs available in the School of Applied Computing & Engineering Science and the School of Business (see contact link for program-specific contacts):

  • This program is ideal for short-term employment needs
  • Will post job opportunities
University of Ontario Institute of Technology  
Program Name and Description Contact Website

Technology Transfer and Knowledge Mobilization

  • Connects innovative research projects conducted at the university with business and industry Collaborative Research.
  • 50% of projects are industry driven, 50% are researcher-driven sectors: engineering and applied sciences, manufacturing, automotive, megatronics, business and IT (cyber security/fraud detection) smart grid, sustainable and renewable energy, health science.
  • Funders: OCE CHIR, NSERC, MaRs etc.

Alison Burgess Senior Research Partnerships Officer

905-721-8668 Ext 6229

University of Toronto 
Program Name and Description Contact Website

One-Year Executive MBA

This is a part-time program that allows participants to maximize the learning experience while taking limited time away from work. It focuses on analytical tools and research skills.

Impact Consulting Group

Students are selected from the full-time MBA program to provide a variety services to meet the needs of a business. This includes business plans, industry research and competitive analysis as well as strategic planning.


Rotman NeXus

Help non-profit organizations and social enterprises build capacity, explore new revenue streams. There is a research focus and fee for service. 

Innovations amd Partnerships

Office U of T encourages connection with external partners to expand their research activities and impact. The Innovations and Partnerships Office (IPO) is the gateway to sponsored research and collaboration agreements, non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, and other forms of partnership agreements. Main point of contact for industry and business at the university and looks after things such as patents, contacted research, commercialization, research partnerships with the private sector.

Lino DeFacendis, Director, Partnerships

(416) 946-5942

http://www.research.utoronto.c a/industry-and-partners/industry-partnerships/
York University 
Program Name and Description Contact Website

Schulich School of Business - Centre for Global Enterprise (CGE)

The CGE provides thought leadership and connections in international business at campuses in India, as well as offices in China, Korea, Mexico, and Brazil. Centre services include:

  • Coaching for Canadian SMEs on critical challenges in international business.
  • Thought leadership in the areas of globalization and international value chains.
  • Connect SMEs to existing public and private resources. -Build and expand networks of enterprises, academia, government and trade organizations with complementary interests in international business.

Dr. Lorna Wright, EDC Professor of International Business, Schulich School of Business

(416) 736-2100 x 77997 

Schulich School of Business - Global Leadership Program

The Global Leadership Program (GLP) helps Canadian companies looking for a strategy to gain entry into a foreign market. A select group of Schulich MBA students under the supervision of the School's experienced faculty are matched with another group of MBA students from one of our partner institutions in the target market or country to develop a tailored market entry strategy for the candidate company.

Dr. Lorna Wright, EDC Professor of International Business, Schulich School of Business

(416) 736-2100 x 77997  

Schulich School of Business - Executive Education Centre

York offers a variety of executive development training courses in a variety of disciplines as well as custom training developed for an organization. Charges apply for these courses.


Schulich School of Business - Strategy Field Study Program

MBA students work on market research or strategy analysis for a company as part of their course requirement to obtain their MBA. There is no charge for the consulting work or the report although the client is expected to reimburse the out of pocket expenses of the students.

James Mackay, Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management/Policy; Director, Strategy Field Study Program; Director, York Consulting Group

(416) 736-2100 x 40885 

Schulich School of Business - York Consulting Group

MBA students, under the guidance of York professors, provide innovative solutions to the short and long-term challenges faced by organizations of all sizes. Fee based service.


Innovation York

York Region industry can access research collaboration and support services. As the industry and innovation branch of York's Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation, we'll connect you with York's 1,500 world-class researchers whose expertise ranges from science and technology to the social sciences, law, and business -- all of which are needed to bridge Canada's innovation gap. No charge for this service.

Sarah Howe, Director, Innovation York

416-736-2100 Ext. 20579 
General Programs
Program Name and Description Contact Website

NSERC Funded Programming

NSERC Invests in people, discovery and innovation to increase Canadian scientific and technological capabilities

General Inquiries


Ontario Centres of Excellence

A not for profit organization that drives innovation, and invests in it. They provide various different programs to fund projects and innovation

Ross Bradsen Regional Director, Southwestern Ontario; Regional Director, Central Ontario

(905) 823 2020 ext. 3240 


A national not for profit organization which is dedicated to supporting applied and industrial research, they work with 60 universities and thousands of companies to build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation throughout Canada


College Sector Employment Services

A network of Ontario colleges who deliver employment services throughout Ontario

Janet Ashford Executive Director